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CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 4:00am EST
. >> in europe, google faces anti-competition measures. >>> in the united states, ben bernanke gets ready to outline an exit strategy to a skeptical congress. >> a warm welcome to "worldwide exchange." i'm chloe cho in asia. it's just past 5:00 p.m. in singapore. let's check on where the asian markets are wrapping up the trading day. mostly weaker today on the back of weaker consumer confidence numbers. and toyota lows taking the nikkei lower by 1.5%. the hang seng off 0.75%. on the other hand, we have the shanghai composite erasing all of its earlier losses, pushing higher by 1.3%. a lot of speculation in small cap stops and what may be linked to the national people's congress set to kick off next friday. other markets are weaker, the kospi down 1%. the bombay sensex has been trading around the front line. the aussie market asterisk comes off the table, a lot of commodities and resources lower. the s&p/asx 200 down .5%. let's check on the ftse cnbc global 300. slightly off 0.4% at 4,315. good morning, becky. >> good morning. it's about 10:00 on the continent. european markets have been t
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 7:00pm EST
>>> tonight on "the kudlow report," the washington snowstorm shut down congress. but ben bernanke released his new testimony, anyway. investors caught a chill on the news, and distinguished money expert john taylor has his own expert strategy rebuttal to bolster ben's manhood. you don't want to miss this one. >>> they're bearing gifts to the greece bailout problem. will the bailout issue ever end? >>> google is at war with china and now they're being thrown out of iran. they think they can stifle free speech, but i think the old human desire for freedom and democracy will still win out in the end. >>> has obama flipped out on greedy bonuses and business support? well, liberal columnist paul cra craigman is horrified, he thinks we're doomed. fasten your seat belts, everybody, "the kudlow report" starts now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. welcome back to "the kudlow report" where we believe free market kamt capitalism is the b path to prosperity. >>> our lead story tonight is fed head ben bernanke's leader to congress. how is he going to stop the zero interest rate mo
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 9:00am EST
morning. i'm mark haines. >> i'm erin burnett. front and center, benjamin s. bernanke. >> yes. >> will be testifying in front of the house financial services committee about the economy and anything else they want to talk about. that'll be live in an hour. >> how about the exit strategy? imagine there will be some questions about that. the sec meets on possibly curbing short sales. huge issue for the market. full details coming up. >> and president obama meeting with key business leaders. it's all happening during this show. we've got a lot of breaking news, big headlines for you. we will be all over it, mark. how are your futures? >> not too good. >> no. >> up 0.70. we get a little break here because we closed a point above fair value. but, you know, looking at maybe 15, 20 points on the dow at the open. let's hit the markets. peel back the layers of the onion starting with brian shactman at the big board. >> thank you. listen, asia and europe were pretty mixed. germany, their economy in an absolute standstill. doint need to go over bernanke and all things going on in d.c. wi
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 4:00pm EST
with thousands of flights grounded as we speak. >>> fed chairman, ben bernanke laying the groundwork on the central bank's exit strategy for the economic rescue efforts. we've got details of what mr. bernanke said today coming up. >>> but first here's a look at how we finished the day on wall street. the dow jones industrial average under water today. down 21 points on the dow at 10038. under a billion shares traded here on the nyse, as people stayed home, instead of embracing the heavy travel and heavy snow. s&p 500 down 2.5%. quarter of a percent lower at 106 and the nasdaq composite gave up three points and technology one of the winners on the session as was financial services. we get all of the action right now from bertha coombs our floor on the nyse. >> reporter: hey, maria, all things considered it's not a very bad day on the close, even though we closed to the downside. the real factors that kept people hessittant today, the snow of course. that kept volumes lower, but also the uncertainty about where we're headed with greece. this morning, as you take a look at the intraday
CNBC
Feb 24, 2010 6:00am EST
. >>> ben bernanke, coming to capitol hill. the central bank chief is ready for tough questions from lawmakers about the economy, interest rates and the fed's exit strategy. and president obama reaching out to business leaders, hosting a white house dinner for some high profile ceos. today, he addresses a business round table. those stories and more as "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box." i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and carl quintanilla. we've been watching the markets this morning. after a down day yesterday, you'll see we're not getting any bounceback just yet. after yesterday's markets, obviously, you've got a lot of watchers waiting to figure out what happens. >> yeah. that consumer confidence number was troubling. >> it was. >> people now thil thinking maybe the sample was bad because i was worse than a lot of people expected at this stage of the game. we've got jobless claims high. we'll talk a lot about that this morning. but toyota's troubles are in the spotlight again today as the company's ceo appears on capitol hill
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 11:00am EST
call." i am trish regan and we are 09 minutes into today's trading. market lower amid ben bernanke's comments and we'll talk about the fed's exit strategy and what it means for your money right now. hey there, larry. >> hey, trish. i'm larry kudlow, conflicting reports on whether there's a european plan to bail out greece. we'll have a live report from brussels and we'll discuss what needs to be done right here. good morning, melissa. >> as toyota's problems mount we ask are cars just too overengineered and sophisticated computers doing more harm than good. this is "the call" on cnbc. >>> it looked like it was going to be a positive day on this snowy morning in new york city as traders remained optimistic that there would be a bailout for greece, but then germany said there was no imminent plan and the rallies stalled and after ben bernanke announced the fed's exit strategy. take a look at how the s&p 500 is trading. it is down seven points on the day and it's two-thirds of a percentage point. take a look at the dow, it's down 59, almost 60 points and that's 0.1% and sitting below
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 3:00pm EST
. bernanke's testimony was released this morning. on outlining an exit plan, the market pretty much took a slide. a lot of things that told about -- heard about. the 10-year auction did not go too well. rick santelli will have more on that, partly because of the low volume, because of the storm. as the storm's intensified here in the northeast i know that traders are concerned about getting home and we've seen volumes get lower. financials have been the standout all day and really moved us into positive territory midday. jpmorgan, bank of america very strong. and strong that perhaps metlife set to buy its alcoa unit. energy and materials have gone back and forth as the dollar has gone back and forth. dollar lost ground midday. we saw them gained and now they're losing again as the dollar is stronger got and also got disappointing outlooks from lothan mentel. the super markets, maybe one of the benefactors to watch as far as the storms. their stocks today are doing pretty well. a friend of mine sent me picture it is from washington area super market chains there, calling them, so be it, s
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 6:00am EST
on a bailout for the debt-strapped country. >>> on exit strategy, ben bernanke unveiling his plan for the fed's next move. and the house of mouse, disney posting strong quarterly results and investors are responding. a cnbc exclusive with ceo bob ieger, "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick. joe and carl are out today. steve liesman is spending the week on set with me and this morning we are joined by "fortune" magazine editor andy soerwer. >> good to be here. >> meantime, wall street is bracing for a winter storm this morning as the second snowstorm in a week descend eds on new york. washington, philadelphia, they are expected to be hit and hit hard. the federal government in washington is closed for a third straight day at an estimated cost of $100 million in lust productivity. government offices in boston, baltimore and philadelphia all announcing that they will be closed. congress, by the way, is canceling votes and rescheduling hearings. the united nations headquarters in new york city shutting down schools all th
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 12:00pm EST
much, sharon. we're not getting as much volatility today as yesterday although ben bernanke's tax did get a little movement. if you look at two-year yield it's slightly elevated and you look at the curve it's know changed. there's a potential for an exit strategy as depicted by that text. if you look at the next chart, indeed the euro versus the dollar has been mostly down, but it is bouncing back a bit especially in the last hour or so, keeping up with the headlines and some of those headlines, hey, the checks didn't have a good day and they sold an additional 150 million u.s. equivalent of their 15 year. they wanted to sell more, but portugal had better luck selling u.s. equipment of the 4 billion of ten-year note and let's hop across the pond and rebecca me ham. >> let's take a check of what's happening in europe and it's all about greece. no surprise there and we check on the fotse, the cac and the dax. 2.4% higher for greek eiquities today. we know we've had the european finance chiefsi having a conference call today. the ecb governing body is having a call tonight and tomorrow a
CNBC
Feb 10, 2010 5:00pm EST
money" right now. >>> i'm in for melissa lee, this market is clearly confused. bernanke implying he's raising rates, we don't know when he's going to do that. all we do know is that in the meantime, this market is churning as investors take sides. pete, give us some clarity to this confusion, what were you trading today? >> it's not so much what was out there to trade, but because we're still stuck in this range. we talked about 1060 being an area where you had a little support. maybe 1080 on the up side, and that's where you state. you look at the volatility index. never signalled any panic. when you look at the volumes, bob, i think that speaks more than anything. the lack of volume, you're talking about the xlf, the quad-q's, the spiders, all $100,000 short of normal volumes. you look at apple trading less than half of its normal volume, it just wasn't there today, the volume wasn't there, don't read too much into today's action. >> i think what's important, we talked about last night on the show, stay away from the dollar trade. stay away from anything that is too tied to the cu
CNBC
Feb 8, 2010 9:00am EST
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CNN
Feb 13, 2010 1:00pm EST
said that means henry paulson, tim geithner, and ben bernanke are the dentists. >> let me tell you. i felt like i was having a root canal. >> without anesthesia. >> i was a dentist having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. but there's a saying in the book on -- my book "on the brink," and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. and what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts, and it would be the secretary treasure that did all these interventions. i said that will be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble something that works for citigroup and if it goes down i'll be the secretary treasurer that pre sides over night great recession. >> back with david gergen and diane brady. the reason we have you guys on is because you're honest about this. think henry paulson had it right on there. there's a whole lot of revisionist history going on at capitol hill. diane and david, we were all together during that time, and it seemed like the right thing to do to a lot of people who a
CNN
Feb 14, 2010 3:00pm EST
. and i said this to tim geithner, the treasury secretary. that means henry paulson, ben bernanke, were the dentists. how does that make you feel, the thing that everybody hates is the thing you had to do. >> let me tell you, i felt like i was having a root canal. >> without anesthesia. >> i was a dentist having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. but there's a scene in the book -- my book, "on the brink," and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. and what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and it would be the treasury secretary that did all these interventions. then, i said, that would be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down. bi i'll be the treasury secretary who presides over another great depression. >> back with david gergen and diane brady. the reason we have you guys on is because you're honest about this. i think -- i think henry paulson had it right on there and there's a whole lot of revisionist h
CSPAN
Feb 18, 2010 2:00am EST
. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they are anti-government but they want me
CNBC
Feb 9, 2010 4:00am EST
me, i'm chaled. >> and what are you expecting to hear from bernanke on capitol hill tomorrow? you say restraint is needed. why and when? >> well, you know, the reason i think that restraint is needed is because i think that he may be getting a little bit behind the curve. the reason i say that is a lot of the so-called leading indicators of inflation, my work, suggested inflation in 2010 is going to be higher than the consensus expectation. so the consensus expects inflation to be around 2%. i think it could be over 3% in 2010. and i think bernanke needs to start move towards restraint, in other words, start to move towards some of the excess liquidity driving this inflation. so i think sooner as opposed to later. i actually think that if he starts to move towards restraint wibt might lead to an increase in bank lending, which is sorely acting. but nevertheless, i think he needs to move towards restraint sooner than the consensus believes, not later. >> that's what i wanted to ask you about. we're getting comments in from the fed's bill dudley who says small banks are fuelling the pre
CNBC
Feb 9, 2010 9:00am EST
. and with dr. bernanke scheduled to speak tomorrow, our sense is that that trade will be relatively quiet here. a high volume area last week was around 1064 even. we'll probably bing bong back and forth on that trade waiting for dr. bernanke or for further developments in europe. >> what's your view, jamie, about today's trade and whether you believe in the bounce we are likely to get, at least at the open? >> well, i think the most encouraging part is that this rally is coming from european financials. you can see all those works up markedly on yesterday's trade. domestically, local ibs have been overwhelmed by this european crisis. unemployment was a great number on friday. it exceeded expectations. earnings continue to be strong. we seem to have been weighed down by euro. if that turn around and those financials continue to hold these gains, it could be very good things domestically. >> jamie, most of the guys you trade with trade according to technical analysis charts and yada yada. let me run this by you. the day before yesterday, which was a monday, right? yeah. did monday look like a sh
CNBC
Feb 4, 2010 4:00pm EST
for ben bernanke and the federal reserve, that there is a very substantial penalty for early withdrawal. we're seeing china and india tighten, now europe withdrawing its liquidity facilities. the u.s. would do well to mind this lesson. if we start to syphon off some of the liquidity, there really could be hell to pay. what we're seeing, when you mention gold, the deflation trade is being put back on. the dollar is going up, gold is going down, oil is collapsing, commodities across the board have been very weak. equity markets are falling all at the same time while domestic rates drop. for anybody worried about inflation in united states, the dollar is going up, u.s. rates are going down and the u.s. on a relative basis is still the safest market in the world no matter what anybody sayless. but there is a danger if the fed doesn't heed the lessons of what's going on elsewhere in the worldtion we, too, could face some of the problems like europe, although our banks are in better shape than yours. >> which is why, rick santelli, the china trade, you want to buy anything that need, we saw t
CNBC
Feb 8, 2010 6:00am EST
like the saints have it for a second. >> the guest host is inside the bernanke huddle during the financial crisis, former fed governor randy kroszner. >>> a big play here, a big play there, and the bulls may be ready to run. >> picked off. look out. just passed manning and tracy porter taking the ball all the way. touchdown, new orleans! >> "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with steve liesman, carl and joe are out but in studio we also have new york times reporter andrew ross sorkin. our guest host, randy kroszner, a business professor at the booth school of business. great to have you here, randy. >> great to see you. >> we have a lot to talk to you about this morning. let's go to your morning rundown. we have a game plan with howard ward, portfolio manager for gamco investors growth fund. then we'll see if we can diffuse the debt bomb that threatens the global market. it's a small problem we'll try to fix this morning. later we'll be monday morning quarterbacking the super bow
CNBC
Feb 8, 2010 12:00pm EST
bernanke getting ready to testify on capitol hill later this week. steve joins us with more on the fed's game plan. >> the news is not going to be that the fed will lay out an exit strategy. they have already done that. we have been reporting it for weeks and weeks despite what other media outlets might be saying. if there is going to be news, timing of the exit strategy or the sequencing as in what comes first. rate hike chicken. what am i talking about? fed work behind the scenes on a series of measures to withdraw all of that extraordinarily quiddity. interest on reserves. we told you it would be the new fed funds rate. thing that will matter more than when they come out. term deposits for bank. reverse repos overnights. ultimately the bigger question, do they sell assets? not that loud about it. here is the reason. the fed doesn't want to signal imminent change in the policy when it talks about developing the tools to reverse that policy. st. louis fed chairman says he believe it is fed can begin selling assets the second half of the year which would come before raising rates. sequ
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2010 6:00am EST
. bernanke will lay out a plan for credit tightening. another big headline, former merrill lynch chief john thain picked to lead cit. it brings together two prominent casualties of the credit crisis. >> "the washington post" after the massive snowstorm, they are ready to get hit again tomorrow. >> the snow at their home was up to their waist. >> your mom has an art exhibit here. what are they 82? >> 82 and 80. and they drove up. >> once you have to drive through nazi check posts to escape the country, it's nothing getting through jersey. >> i was worried, but they are just fine. she has a big opening tonight it will be fun. >> my art exhibit was there last week. >> it was? did you show your postcards? that's good. >>> michael lke allen has the m playbook. the joint summit on health care. i like the idea if you think it will give the idea of health care reform momentum. >> well, sure. i think people in both parties wonder why now? we said on this show, one of the easiest things for the president to have done was to call republicans, turn on c-span, msnbc and say what have you got? he is fina
CNBC
Feb 3, 2010 3:00pm EST
and bernanke. cisco's numbers come right at the close. >>> visa is also reporting quarterly numbers after the bell. in today's fast money final call we'll tell you how to take your position on that. fast money contributor joining us now. good to see you. >> great to be with you, judge. >> got to be quick here. what are you expecting from visa after the bell? >> as it trades down to the lows of the day like you and maria have been saying, a lot of financial stocks. >> both down today. >> visa's got earnings after the bell today. i'm bullish on that because of unusual call buying and that's right after the bell. 91 cents. and/or positive guidance, that's what we're looking for. master, tomorrow morning, before the market opens and we don't have any reading on that one. but i am long visa. >> is visa, part of it is that the debit card business continues to do well. as people are perhaps charging less and going to the debit card? >> you bet. as well as the sheer transactions, because these guys are just a through-put, they're not taking the risk on the other side of the trade. so regardless o
CSPAN
Feb 6, 2010 9:00pm EST
to come back into a government position and i know ben bernanke and hank paulson are well-known for this. could you talk a little bit about that in any ideas on how that could be stopped through laws or voter action or anything? >> i'm glad you reminded me about the revolving door. i see this happening. i see my friends do this. they dress like me when they are working on capitol hill and i see them two years later and they have really nice suits with a french cuff and offer to buy lunch. the left the capitol to up working for congress and a lobbying firm hired them because they knew that when the friend then calls his old underling on capitol hill to say hey i just want to talk to you about the farm bill, that his old boss or his old bosses colleagues are going to take the call and that is the revolving door. barack obama's said literally, i'm going to stop the revolving door. is white house chief of staff, rahm emanuel-- there is not, as the word for rahm emanuel because welby was working on the campaign is a chief fund-raiser he was getting paid by goldman sachs as a consultant at the
CNN
Feb 3, 2010 5:00pm EST
bernanke is concerned about the nation's economic recovery. during the ceremonial swearing in for his second term, bernanke told staffers that despite a growing economy, far too many people remain unemployed. he also talked about the challenges facing the fed, which include protecting its independence from congress and making the institution more open and accountable. >>> president obama's aunt is preparing to make her second bid for political asylum. she'll go before an immigration judge if boston after defying a deportation order in 2004. she's expected to argue that ties to the president could make her a political target if she returns to kenya. her status was revealed shortly before president obama was elected in 2008. >>> and while many of you are gearing up for this sunday's super bowl, some in the nfl are worried that the game's days could be numbered. the players association fears owners will impose a work stoppage after the current collective bargaining agreement expires and they're taking their caught to capitol hill. the league says a new collective bargaining agreement wil
CSPAN
Feb 17, 2010 11:00pm EST
that of course was going to burst, and this is why i get mad at people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke and most economists because god knows what on earth was going through their heads in the year 2003 to those of four cardinals five, 2006, to dozens of as the bubble could growing and growing and the savitt is okay and now they are surprised who could have known that is the joke we have or not washington they run around saying who could have known? anyone doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes, anything you want to address? >> guest: i think it's important of the interplay and the war and domestic policy because when you have -- it's true the government can't think about two things at once. it can't walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction whether you believe it's something we should invest in, afghanistan, iraq or not the government doesn't think well what is going on at home so if he would have called on our various leaders at the fed or the white house over time under -- in this purpose it would be under president bush postsecondary 11th h
FOX News
Feb 24, 2010 11:00am EST
. jon: "happening now" in the top box. ben bernanke on the hill right now expressing confidence the economic recovery will endure. but he stresses the importance of keeping interest rates at record lows. knowledge crews meeting a jetblue in fort lauderdale. someone onboard was injured when the flight hit turbulence. in the bottom box the world health organization says the h1n1 flu outbreak has been less severe than expected. the group will review the status of the pandemic to decide fit has peaked. jane: this is a story that will interest you and may outrage. a convicted rapist has been charged in a horrifying new attack. prosecutors say william french sexually assaulted a woman twice in her home in the boston area. in between the two attacks he cut off a gps device he was wearing because he violated his probation. why after violating his probation was he allowed to remain free and just have a gps on him? you said this is not necessarily surprising, this case. >> unfortunately we have seen more of these kinds of cases. it shows a failure in the system. why aren't the level 3 sex
CSPAN
Feb 18, 2010 6:00am EST
get so mad at people like ben bernanke. most economists, god knows what on earth was going through their heads as they watch the bubble keep grow and grow and grow and said everything was okay. now they are surprised fukuda agnone? that is a joke we have around washington. anyone who is doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes anything there you want to address? >> guest: i think it is important to think about the interplay between the war in domestic policy because it is true the government can think about two things at once. it cannot walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction, whether you believe it is something we should invest then, afghanistan, iraq, the government does not think well about what is going on at home so if you called on our various leaders that the fed or at the white house over time under, in this period under president bush,'s september 11 you would say are you concerned about fannie mae? they would say absolutely, here's the data and they are going out of control, fannie and freddie and we will be have legislation abou
CNN
Feb 10, 2010 6:00am EST
them like you hate a root canal. that means ben bernanke, you guys were the dentists. how does that make you feel the thing that everyone hates sts thing you had to do. >> i felt like i was having a root canal without anesthesia at the same time. there's a scene in my book "on the brink." and this was a day or two before we were going to need to step in and rescue citigroup. what really hit me was that i was forever going to be associated with these bailouts and the treasury secretary that did these interventions. then i said, that will be the good news. the bad news will be if we can't cobble together something that works for citigroup and it goes down, i'll be one who presides over another great depression. >> remember it was fanny and fred die and city citigroup and a whole host of other banks, ways to try to fix this without public intervention. he talks about the realization he was going to be forever knowns the guy behind the bailouts and how shocking it was. it came to him walking through the reagan library working through the citigroup stuff, the temple of free market t
CNN
Feb 24, 2010 1:00pm EST
for hiring. they could take it up as early as friday. also on the hill, fed chief ben bernanke saying that the congress action has helped to jump start the economic recovery, but he worries about the unemployment rate which is near 10%. >>> in vancouver, an emotional moment on ice. joannie rochette took third place in the short program after in the sudden death of her 55-year-old mother on sunday. she will battle for gold in the free skate final tomorrow. >>> i want to tell you what is going on with weather. we have a blizzard moving in the next 48 hours. we have pictures across the country and you have -- can we pull these up, michael? put them on the screen? okay. the one on the left is washington, d.c., and that is the white house and central park, the view from time warner center where cnn is. the only snowflakes you can see are in the animation behind it. it is looking good and calm, bhau but it is going to change. let's look at texas. if you are in west texas, wow, five inches of snow. i have to say that the texans are getting used to this and they have reason to buy a lot of sn
CSPAN
Feb 11, 2010 1:00pm EST
is unsustainable. the federal reserve chairman, mr. bernanke said we cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debt continues to rise which leads to an unsustainable situation. the former treasury secretary said it is clearly unsustainable the former head of the gao, general walker said we are on imprudent and unsustainable long-term fiscal path. the former chairman of the federal reserve, mr. greenspan said the federal budget is on an unsustainable path. do you noticed the similarity, unsustainable, unsustainable, unsustainable? i know there is a sense of denial among our colleagues about the seriousness of this threat. i see it every day. i have just come from açó meetig in which i see it. this is tough. but it has to be dealt with. if we let this get away from us, we will rue the day. we will rue-the-day. we will regret for ever the consequences to the country. we have to face up to this. whether it is through the commission that the president proposed or some other method, we have got to deal with the consequences of a failure to act. we have to act, the sooner the better. the
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